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pvbus
paravirtual device tree root

pvbus0 at mainbus0

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/ioctl.h>
#include <dev/pv/pvvar.h>

pvbus is used on virtual machines that are running on hypervisors. It provides a pseudo-bus for all paravirtual devices that do not attach to a well-known bus like pci(4). The pvbus driver is responsible for detecting the hypervisor interface, checking the capabilities, attaching the paravirtual devices, and providing access to supported information stores.

KVM
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
Hyper-V
Microsoft Hyper-V
OpenBSD
OpenBSD vmm(4)
VMware
VMware vSphere Hypervisor and ESXi
Xen
Xen VMM
Note that a hypervisor can attempt to emulate other hypervisors, so multiple hypervisor interfaces may be available on the same host.

vmt(4)
VMware Tools driver and “guestinfo” information store

xen(4)
Xen domU nexus device and XenStore information store
xnf(4)
Xen Netfront virtual networking interface

pvbus supports ioctl(2) commands to exchange information with the hypervisor interface, as implemented in the hostctl(8) program. Each detected hypervisor interface is available as a character special device file, /dev/pvbus0, /dev/pvbus1, etc. All available commands use the same pvbus_req structure:
struct pvbus_req { 
	size_t			 pvr_keylen; 
	char			*pvr_key; 
	size_t			 pvr_valuelen; 
	char			*pvr_value; 
};
The caller is responsible for attaching character buffers to the pvr_key and pvr_value fields and to set their length in pvr_keylen and pvr_valuelen accordingly. All keys and values are nul-terminated strings.
The following ioctl(2) commands are available:
 
 
Read the value from pvr_key and return it in pvr_value.
 
 
Return the type of the attached hypervisor interface as a string in pvr_key; see Supported Hypervisors.
 
 
Write the new value pvr_value to the key pvr_key. This command requires write permissions on the device file.

/dev/pvbusu
pvbus device unit u file.

autoconf(4), intro(4), mainbus(4), vmm(4), hostctl(8)

The pvbus pseudo-bus first appeared in OpenBSD 5.8.

The pvbus pseudo-bus was written by Reyk Floeter <reyk@openbsd.org>.
January 28, 2016 OpenBSD-5.9